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What's a good option for a gift of cigars?

One of my dear friends is getting married and I'd love to give him a some nice cigars. I'd love some recommendations as to how best to allocate around $200 bucks on such a gift, whether a box or a few more expensive ones. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

I can see time expanding!

Quitting smoking makes my body so weird things. What is up with that? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 7, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I convince my mum to quit smoking once and for all?

She recently fell off the wagon after quitting for several years. Is this a lost cause? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs on Aug 31, 2014 - 27 answers

Asking for a friend...

Will a vaporizer make it easier to inhale vs. other inhalation methods? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 25, 2014 - 10 answers

How to make a smoking area smell less horrible?

On a lanai in southwest florida, there is some heavy daily smoking going on. Even with three walls made of screens that open to outside, the smell remains. Looking to find ways to mitigate the stale and persistent smoke smell. The amount of smoking is not going to decrease, looking for a product that will help with the smell from the actual smoking and the ashtrays full of butts (which are emptied fairly often.) [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help my friend buy cigarillos!

My friend wants to buy some smooth mild cigarillos. He is looking for the best introductory cigarillos, preferably a huge step up from gas station swishers but there are so many options that its gotten overwhelming. Help!
posted by Marinara on Aug 2, 2014 - 3 answers

There's never a good time

I moved and can no longer use the strategies that have helped me get through writing, for ages. I have a lot to do just now but am not in the headspace to change. This is about the regular tabacky. What's as good as nicotine for writing, and similar in use factors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 14 answers

"Sobriety" Coins/Chips/Medallions For an Ex-Smoker?

After several decades of sucking up carcinogenic fumes, Mr. Thumbscrews quit smoking... yay! I'd like to present him with the smokers' equivalent of AA sobriety "chips" on his various "___ months without a cig" dates. My Google-fu is failing to produce anything. Any ideas, Hive? The ideal medallion would be cheap-ish, possibly funny, and definitely non-hokey (no soaring eagles or serenity prayers). Thanks!
posted by julthumbscrew on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I smoke cannabis in Seattle?

I'm in Seattle for a few days, and I purchased a small amount of pot. Where can I legally smoke it? Preferably near Belltown.
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2014 - 13 answers

If I drink this, will I die?

I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
posted by Drinky Die on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Everything that kills me makes me feel like poop

Over the past 6-8 months, I've fallen into a lot of bad habits that affect how I feel in my body. I want to improve, but there is so much that needs improving that I'm not sure where or how to start, and I don't have a lot of motivation. How do I begin to turn things around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Rebuilding lung capacity still poor-ish years after quitting smoking?

I quit smoking years ago, but still run out of breath while cycling, long before my legs are fatigued. [more inside]
posted by morganw on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I be worried about my brother who smokes weed alone?

My brother is in his late twenties and we frequently visit our parents on the same weekend (every month or two). He always smokes weed by himself in the guest bedroom at night after our parents have gone to sleep. He's currently living with our parents temporarily, and I'm visiting now and he smoked weed last night. (I've never seen him do this, but I can always smell it.) I'm trying to decide if this could signal a problem with weed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2014 - 19 answers

e-cigarettes for dummies

I'm thinking of going down the e-cigarette route, but I've got a few questions I'm not sure about, in brief: 1) Is there any research out there on their effects on your health? I get that it's early days, and they've got to better than smoking, but are there side effects/dangers that I should be aware of? 2) Is there much difference between a cheap one I can buy at the supermarket, compared to an expensive one I buy on the internet? 3) What have your experiences been like with them? Is it difficult to make the jump from normal cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Jan 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Which e-cigarette is best for my sister?

My sister wants/needs to stop smoking, so she's requested an e-cigarette for Christmas. But she's overwhelmed with choices and doesn't know which one she wants, other than that her doctor recommended she get one with no nicotine. And I know next to nothing about real cigarettes, let alone electronic ones, so I don't know where to begin looking. Can you suggest a good one? What even makes a "good" e-cigarette?
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 2, 2013 - 23 answers

I quit smoking, but he didn't

I quit smoking about a month ago. My boyfriend wants to quit smoking, but hasn't. He's cut down quite a bit (he hasn't been smoking in the evenings), but he still smokes during the day. I know it's not easy, I thought about quitting for a long time before it actually happened, but I just feel so upset now whenever I see him light up, or if I smell smoke on him. I feel like a hypocrite! How can I get a grip on how I react and how I feel? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Nov 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Not smoking anymore and more colds than usual?

I smoked for most of my adult life. I managed to quit once before (for about 18 months) and now am on my fourth month of quitting again -- so far, so good except I seem to be getting more colds and sinus issues. I don't recall this happening last time I quit. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Nov 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Should I reply to this email?

I received a message from my property manager complaining about cigarette and pot smoking in my building/near my apartment. I live in a mid-rise building in Chicago, and 2-3x a week will partake in the latter activity (do not smoke cigarettes at all). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 45 answers

Quit smoking, can't sing

Why did my singing voice get worse when I quit smoking? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Hi, I’m Anon and I want to leave my 12 Step Program. How?

I’ve been a member of a 12 Step program. I've successfully quit my addiction and now I want to leave the group as quickly and painlessly as possible. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2013 - 15 answers

For tobacco use only

Any recommendations for a smoke shop in Chicago with a good selection of bubblers and friendly employees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I remove smoke oder from a car?

My mom gave my daughter a great deal on a car previously driven by my step-dad. However he was a smoker, and he smoked in the car for 10 years. How do I deoderize the interior and remove the stale smoke oder?
posted by COD on Aug 2, 2013 - 19 answers

How to talk to kids about relatives who smoke?

My children's adored grandmother is a smoker. She doesn't smoke in front of the kids but does take several smoke breaks a day, and while our two year old is oblivious, our four year old is probably close to figuring out what's up. Growing up, I had no relatives who smoked, and my parents pushed the "boy, smokers sure think they look cool, don't they look stupid though?" angle which worked fine on me. Obviously that isn't going to work in this case. How do you talk with young children about smoking as a Bad Thing when relatives smoke?
posted by rouftop on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

How do insurance companies test for tobacco use?

Someone asked me this this morning, and I have no idea so I thought I would throw it out to the green. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on May 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me plan my pork (loin)

Today, Costco had a decent price on boneless pork loins so I bought one. From what I can tell, this is the "whole" loin, including blade, center, and sirloin (the tube of meat is somewhere around 2 feet long). Help me plan what to cook with part of it on Sunday, and how to process/package the rest. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Apr 19, 2013 - 14 answers

I don't even know who/how to ask

Back in college, I smoked weed intermittently (maybe every month if that - so not that big a smoker), but had a consistent dealer on campus. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Am I about to doom myself by not using sodium nitrite in my bacon cure?

Last week, on impulse, I bought a pork belly from the farmers market. After consulting Ruhlman's Charcuterie, I realized I had no curing salt (aka Prague Powder, aka sodium nitrite) at home, and no one around me sold it. Rather than toss the belly in the freezer until I could buy some by mail (again, Impulsive Pork Belly Buyer), I found a bunch of non-curing salt cure recipes, and settled on 2.5 parts kosher salt to 1 part sugar with a heap of pepper. The belly's been sitting in the fridge for the past week. It smells fine. It feels firm. I am prepared to hot smoke it tomorrow, and now I'm panicking because of a bunch of smoker/BBQ posts I've read that say I'm dooming myself and my family to botulism. Am I? [more inside]
posted by RakDaddy on Apr 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting Started With My New Smoker

I just bought an electric water smoker on Craigslist. I am excited about the possibilities for DIY bacon and home-smoked salmon and brisket, but I have never used a smoker like this before and don't really know how to get started. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Shmoke and a Pancake - ECig Style

Hello Hive Mind! A few years ago I quit smoking cigarettes And I have absolutely no desire to smoke them again. But on the other hand, I miss the social aspects of smoking and enjoying it. Enter Ecigs. Mrs. NiumX and I are thinking it might be fun to get an ecig system that offers fun and interesting options with no (or low) nicotine. Flavors, whatever. Older Asks seem a few years old. What is new? So any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
posted by PlutoniumX on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Love it / Hate it - Tobacco

How typical are my mental states when using nicotine / withdrawing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Smoke that bird!

I have a lot of barbecue experience (low and slow smoked meats), but I've never been happy with my smoked poultry. Need to please some non-mammal-eaters, so I want to get it down this time. Veteran bird-barbecuers: Help? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Feb 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Why does nicotine replacement therapy seem to do nothing for me?

Nicotine replacements seem to do nothing to abate my cravings. Any thoughts on what the heck might be going on? [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Jan 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Smoking Jackets for Swingin' Grade Schoolers!

Youngest Nephew (age 8) has declared that for his birthday party next week, he only wants his favorite adults to attend. We will be listening to his favorite vinyl records (he is mainly into Sinatra's Capitol years these days) and dining on omelets that he will cook for us, featuring the fancy salt and umami paste I bought his mom for Christmas. Apparently, he enjoys cooking while chomping on a bubble pipe and wearing a bathrobe that he calls his smoking jacket. This is, of course, outrageous: he must have a real smoking jacket, and his doting aunt must be the one who presents it to him. Help me help him to be Too Marvelous for Words. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 11, 2013 - 24 answers

How bad is the smoking in Paris?

So, SuperAwesomeGirl and I want to got France for a short vaca. I HATE cigarette smoke and she is incapacitatingly allergic to it - like - walk through a cloud of cig smoke and cough so bad she can't walk for a few minutes. Will we hate our time in Paris? [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper on Oct 31, 2012 - 19 answers

What can I do about crow's feet around my right eye?

I'm developing pronounced wrinkles and crow's feet around my right eye only. Help me figure out what's causing this and how to stop and/or reverse the process. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya on Oct 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Inspire me to quit smoking.

How did you (or someone you know of) beat smoking with clean living? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 4, 2012 - 22 answers

I like Mondays fine, it's Tuesday through Friday that are the problem

How can I keep bidis fresh with little effort and cost? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Sep 29, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I deal with my neighbor's cigarette smoke drifting into my apartment?

How can I deal with my neighbor's cigarette smoke drifting into my apartment? [more inside]
posted by whitelily on Sep 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Camel Lights remind me of my friends down on the West Coast

Why do people choose - or stick with - the brand of cigarettes that they smoke? Is it taste, image, or habit? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 26, 2012 - 62 answers

My boyfriend is quitting cigarettes. How do I stop wanting to kill him?

I love my dear boyfriend but he can be trying at the best of times - his last cigarette was 5 days ago. How do I deal with the irritable ass he has become and please tell me that this is temporary. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Jul 20, 2012 - 20 answers

What's the best way to deal with neighbors smoking in an apartment building?

What's the best way to deal with neighbors smoking in an apartment building? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Jul 8, 2012 - 31 answers

I don't want to be one of those marathoners stopping for a smoke break

if I quit smoking, how much faster will I run? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 28, 2012 - 22 answers

How can you mitigate a severe reaction to cigarette smoking in social situations when surrounded by smokers?

Asking for my Mom: how does a non-smoker who has a severe allergic reaction to cigarette smoke mitigate the effects at a social event when they are outnumbered 6:2? [more inside]
posted by katemcd on Jun 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Help finding an ad for Marlboro Lights from 2007. Needle, haystack, whatevs.

Do you happen to have a 5 year old magazine with this Marlboro ad in it? [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Jun 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Some practical questions about quitting smoking.

Need some advice and strategies for quitting smoking, with a couple of other specific practical questions (including how to manage it as a couple). [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 25, 2012 - 17 answers

How to handle neighbor's nocturnal emissions (of cigarette smoke)?

Should we ask our new neighbor to lay off smoking in her bedroom, or just do our best to ignore it? [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on May 21, 2012 - 26 answers

I'd like to smoke outside, but I don't want to piss off the neighbors.

Should I introduce myself to potential new neighbors to see if my outdoor cigarette smoking would bother them? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on May 18, 2012 - 38 answers

How can I let this nice guy know I'm not interested?

How can I let this nice guy know I'm not interested? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 33 answers

Is My Dog an Addict?

Is my dog addicted to second hand smoke? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

What to do about a smoking neighbor in my apartment?

I live in a downtown-Seattle high-rise apartment building, and the new neighbor is a chain smoker. It's causing serious problems. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Vox Nihili on Mar 7, 2012 - 17 answers

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